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09/06 – RGD releases the Developmental Disease Portal

Developmental diseases and disabilities constitute a major health challenge in both developing and developed countries around the world. According to the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (, over 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability, with some 17% of children under the age of 18 affected, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,, one out of every thirty-three infants is born with some type of birth defect.

Knowing the importance of this health concern, RGD is pleased to announce the release of a new disease portal, the Developmental Disease Portal. This portal provides users with easy access to data for the genetics and genomics of a wide spectrum of developmental diseases and conditions, from inborn genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis to congenital heart defects like hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intellectual disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. As with previous portals, view all of the developmental disease data or drill down in a disease category to obtain more specific results.

Ready to explore our newest Disease Portal? Click here to navigate to the front page of the Developmental Disease Portal. Tabs at the top of that page give you one-click access to additional data related to developmental diseases, including phenotypes, pathways, and biological processes! Additional tabs give you access to tools that can be used to analyze this data, to links to additional pages with information about developmental diseases at RGD and elsewhere, and to a list of rat models for developmental diseases.

Alternatively, use the “DISEASES” tab at the top of this page to access all 12 of RGD’s disease portals.



RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.